Florida Gators coach Dan Mullen had some fun during his Monday news conference with spring game attendance, when (with some help from a reporter) he brought up the idea of making UF’s attendance reflect a score from the season.
Like, I don’t know, the Gators’ 41-14 win over rival Florida State.
“I know this; I have fudged it before…” Mullen said. “Maybe the attendance matches the score of a certain game or something like that in the season. We’ve done that type of stuff before.”
Oh really? I had to put on my PolitiFact hat to check.
In Mullen’s Egg Bowl debut in 2009, his Mississippi State team topped rival Ole Miss 41-27. The announced attendance for the Bulldogs’ exhibition the next spring: 34,127. That was also the largest crowd in Mississippi history, the Bulldogs’ website notes, just to rub it in.
State beat Ole Miss 17-10 in overtime in 2013. The announced attendance for the next spring game: 21,710.
41,014 might be too obvious, and maybe even too low. What about…47,021?